Mobile apps to improve rail safety

The rail industry is changing. As the sector embarks on the biggest technological shake-up since the industrial revolution, there’s only one question you need to ask: are you ready to go digital?


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Going digital to optimise workforce safety

Network Rail’s safety improvement programme is set to reduce close-calls and near-misses, preventing accidents and fatalities on the railway. It’s the biggest transformation in a generation and will impact on every company that provides operational services into the UK rail infrastructure.

This means big changes to the existing track access and Safe System of Work planning processes, including the replacement of the outdated SSOWP system with a next generation mobile solution in early 2021. So what does this mean for you?

The rail industry’s shift to digital can be the catalyst for your own digital transformation. And we can help.

The old days of lever-arch files and illegible handwriting are numbered. It’s estimated that over the next five years more than 100,000 mobile apps will need to be created for the rail industry alone.

Martyn Cuthbert

Managing Director, OnTrac Ltd

Save time. Save money. Save lives. 

In association with OnTrac, the UK’s leading software solutions partner to the rail industry, Nutshell is at the forefront of this revolutionary digital transformation initiative, providing the mobile capability behind the suite of groundbreaking apps at its core.

Rail Hub is OnTrac’s fully digital, end-to-end solution based on the 019 Standard. It’s already used by most of the Network Rail supply chain to manage and report on the Safe System of Work planning process, to the very latest compliance standards.

The reasons to invest in Rail Hub are obvious:

  • Save time – reducing a 2 hour process to less than 10 minutes
  • Save money – pays for itself within 2-3 months on paper costs alone
  • Save lives – over a million safe work packs per year and not a single life lost
UK Rail Industry Planning Mobile Apps
Mobile worker using the eSWP app on a tablet device

eSWP tablet app

Central to Rail Hub’s digital eco-system and trusted by more than 15,000 rail workers, eSWP enables PICs to manage and digitally sign Safe Work Packs remotely.

Man using OnTrac's Access Points app on his smartphone

Access Points smartphone app

Allows engineers to search more than 10,000 approved access and egress points, automatically picking up authorised walking routes and local red zones.

National Hazard Directory app

National Hazard Directory app

The most comprehensive and up-to-date risk register in the UK, delivering more than 16,000 track-miles of geo-tagged data to more than 12,000 engineers.

A new era is coming...

In 2021, Network Rail will roll-out the next generation of Rail Hub, taking the UK’s rail access planning processes 100% digital and making photocopies, wet signatures, and preventable accidents a thing of the past.
In collaboration with Ernst & Young, OnTrac are already taking advantage of Nutshell’s no-code application development platform to deliver the rapid expansion of Rail Hub utilities to a workforce of more than 45,000 track-side engineers across 600+ companies.
Many businesses fear that building apps is costly, time consuming, and incredibly complex. And the truth is, it can be. But Nutshell offers an alternative. So you can enhance your processes through technology, at just fraction of the cost and lead time of traditional app building approaches.

Trusted by the rail industry

Nutshell is trusted by rail industry giants such as Siemens, Murphy, Systra, and Network rail to name but a few, building and deploying sophisticated, track-side mobile apps to their field engineers, faster than ever before.

Isolation and uncertainty

Siemens rail engineers built and launched their own close-call management apps without having to wait for the IT department

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Poor ergonomics

Systra replaced a host of complex spreadsheets with apps they built in Nutshell, smashing the time taken to process forms by 75%

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Poor ergonomics

Murphy’s rail division built, tested and deployed a suite of track-side apps in less time than it took to get through procurement

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Fatigue management

Network Rail built, tested and deployed more than 80 site safety inspection apps with Nutshell in record-breaking time

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eSWP In Nutshell's App Builder

Don’t be left behind

Our rapidly expanding library of compliant safety and construction apps for i0S, Android and Windows are fast becoming the de-facto standard for Network Rail and its supply chain. 

With Nutshell, you can build your own apps, that will not only save lives and reduce costs, but will also provide invaluable business intelligence. From timesheets and incident reporting, through to briefings and resource management, digitizing paper-based processes is the key to future success.

So, if you’re wondering how to go about digitizing your safety-critical processes before the competition does, Nutshell might be your new best friend.

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Stay ahead of the competition

Be one of the first to go 100% digital. To find out more about how Nutshell can help you digitise your business, saving you time, money, and resources, get in touch.